Remembering those who fought in the Great War.

James Grieve

Husband of Jeannie, 9 Dellingburn Street, Greenock. James played football with Morton at one point.

'Kethailes' [II] was built in 1903 as a 'Gentleman's Steam Yacht' of 625 g.r.t. (and crew of 50+) by Richardson, Duck & Co., Thornaby-on-Tees, Durham, England (Yard Number 535). Her owner was William Johnston (1841 - 1917), founder of the Johnston Line of Liverpool (later part of Furness Withy), which primarily traded with Atlantic coast and Gulf coast USA ports and into the Black Sea

On 24 September 1914 she was voluntarily handed over, with later financial compensation, to the (British) Royal Navy for use as an Armed Naval Auxiliary (also known as an ‘Admiralty Armed Yacht’) in the Yacht Patrol and renamed ‘H.M. Yacht Kethailes’. Initially she patrolled in the North Sea, then transferred to the Irish Sea. On 11 October 1917 she was Sunk in the Irish Sea in a Collision near the Blackwater Light Vessel, off Wexford on the south-easternmost tip of Ireland. According to Commonwealth War Graves at least 16 lives were lost (I have a complete detailed list, should anyone be interested), with 6 bodies buried (only one identifed) at Llwyngwril (St. Celynin) Churchyard, and one identified body at Llanaber (St. Mary) Churchyard, both near Barmouth in Merionethshire, mid-Wales, and on quite the other side of the Irish Sea. Cause of death in all instances is given as drowning, even for the bodies with no known graves.

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